The classic guide by Devereaux D. Cannon, Jr. has been updated and given a fresh new wash of color by noted Civil War artist and historian Alan H. Archambault. With twenty additional flags and graphics illustrating the common types of finials used on Federal flags, this beautifully colorized edition is a must for Civil War historians and flag enthusiasts. With an updated guide to the the history and development of flags in the United States leading up to and during the Civil War, Archambault’s research and short descriptions pick up where Cannon left off. The Wall Street Journal called Cannon’s companion volume, The Flags of the Confederacy: An Illustrated History, “the last word on the flags of the lost cause”; this volume continues that tradition, featuring banners from the different armed forces and their divisions from fleets to cavalry units to infantry corps.
Cannon begins by tracing the evolution of the Stars and Stripes and its growth over the first eight decades of independence. Following are descriptions of the various flags used uniformly throughout the United States. Then, going division by division, he presents the designs and historical background for each regiment’s, fleet’s, or unit’s personal insignia. Archambault’s work features the same information for the additional flags, preserving them for future generations to study. Also included are the variety of uses for flags among the Union armies. An excellent reference, this ilustrated history provides a thorough examination of the flags that symbolize and tell the history of the Union and its armies during a tragic time in our nation’s past.
About the Author
Devereaux D. Cannon, Jr. was a member of the Sons of the Revolution, the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and the Company of the Confederacy. He passed away in 2007.
About the Editor/Illustrator
A retired museum curator and historian, Alan H. Archambault earned his bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College. He is the author and illustrator of The Union Infantryman: A Sketchbook and The Confederate Infantryman: A Sketchbook. Archambault resides in Lakewood, Washington.
THE FLAGS OF THE UNION
An Illustrated History
By Devereaux D. Cannon, Jr.
Edited by Alan H. Archambault
Illustrated by Larry Pardue and Alan H. Archambault
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
112 pp. 8 1/2 x 11 105 color illus. Appendixes Index 2nd edition
ISBN: 9781455621279 pb